The roulette wheel can be considered a battlefield. It is the court that determines the outcome. A slight change, one pocket left or right can decide ruin from victory. It is unwise to call yourself a roulette player if you have not studied the physical and mechanical aspects of roulette.
The wheel is the game
The roulette cylinder was introduced in a raw form, in the seventeenth century, by Blaise Pascal. For an amateur, there is no difference between the different types of roulette wheels. However, at a closer look, the differences become evident.
The logic of the wheel layout
In both European and American, the order of the numbers on the wheel is completely different than what their numerical value would suggest and different for each of the two versions of roulette. This is why roulette is such an excellently balanced game. The succession of the numbers on the roulette wheel is well planned to accomplish four different things:
- Confuse the player.It is challenging for a beginner to create a mental picture of the wheel and understand the relation of the numbers and the pockets. This makes it extremely difficult to notice any bias or to bet on specific pockets. Moreover, the roulette table layout can add to the confusion.
- The colours should alternate entirely on the wheel.Two consecutive numbers should have different colours. This is an essential condition for both types of wheels. Furthermore, the colour distribution on the table should be as balanced as possible, but this is a lesser concern.
- Low and high numbers should substitute as much as possible. In the American wheel, there are many pockets with adjacent high numbers and adjacent low numbers. This is why the American roulette wheel is not considered to be as perfectly balanced as the European wheel.
- Odd and even numbers should be equally distributed along the wheel with not more than two even or odd numbers next to each other.
Construction and trustworthiness
- The weight of the wheel should be distributed evenly throughout.
- The wheel and ball should be made of non-magnetic material to block interference from magnetic sources.
- The cylinder must rotate and move freely on its own, but all attached parts of the roulette wheel must be firm and free from movement.
- The pockets for ball or compartments on the wheel track (wheel ring) must follow specific rules. Each compartment or pocket has exactly the same dimensions as every other compartment. They are evenly spaced. They allow the roulette ball to land easily and smoothly within the pockets.